Devil's Punch Bowl (Hamilton, Ontario)
|Devil's Punch Bowl|
Devil's Punch Bowl
|Total height||37 m (121 ft)|
|Number of drops|
|Total width||11 m (36 ft)|
Devil's Punch Bowl is a 37-metre ribbon waterfall on the Niagara Escarpment, in the Stoney Creek community of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is found in the Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area, maintained by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, and features an escarpment access trail with connections to a recently improved section of the Bruce Trail. Stoney Creek's Dofasco 2000 Trail is nearby. The Punch Bowl is also known as Horseshoe Falls for the distinctive shape of the cliff-face, in which somewhat resembles its much larger cousin.
In addition to the 800 km-long Bruce Trail, nearby attractions include the historic Battlefield House Museum and Nash-Jackson House; on Lake Ontario, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Confederation Park; and Mohawk Sports Park and the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology in the city proper. There's also a convenience store, restaurant, motel, gas station and retail stores nearby.
Lower Punch Bowl Falls is a curtain waterfall located a few metres north of the Punch Bowl, spanning 7 metres in height and width.
The history of the Devil’s Punchbowl dates back to over 450 million years ago. It was formed throughout the years by many glacial waters; it withholds different layers of colorful stratified rock segments. The falls drops about 108.25 feet. Another monument that is considered part of the Devil’s Punchbowl is the ten-meter high cross that overlooks the Stoney Creek community and Hamilton Harbor. This cross was made in December 18, 1966 in memory of George Sinclair (George Sinclair Homes) by his son William Sinclair (1925-1994). He built the cross to bring light to the community. Originally the cross was only planned on being lit up during Christmas and Easter for six weeks. However, with the help of the donations from the Knights of Columbus the cross lights up automatically every night. There are numerous stories surrounding in how Devil’s Punchbowl got its name, some believe that individuals that God would not want his creation named after him instead, he named it after the "devil." Another assumption states that moonshiners set up their wares on the road leading up to the Punchbowl, when the workers got thirsty they would go up to the falls to get some cold water. The moonshiners were viewed as individuals that did "devil’s work" giving the monument its current name today.
Geology and Geography
The Devil’s Punch Bowl originated 450 million years ago when materials that form the Niagara escarpment were originally deposited in an inland sea. Corals and other organisms that lived in the area became fossilized as the sea bottom deposits changed into rocks.
The formation of the Devil’s Punch Bowl occurred 1 million years ago after one of the four great ice ages. As the ice slabs that covered the area melted at the end of the ice age, high levels of water occurred. These streams of fast moving waters carved out the land and formed what would become the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Formation of the Devil’s Punch Bowl has declined since its original formation; it often dries up or is only a trickle. However, stream still picks up during rain and as snow is melting. The site also has two distinct waterfalls in the upper and lower regions.
Today it has become a famous landmark amongst geologists worldwide because of its exposed rock strata. The stratigraphy of the Punch Bowl has been studied by geologists, including McMaster University students.
From the top of the escarpment a beautiful view of various locations can be seen such as; East Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek and weather permitting, the Toronto sky line can become visible as well.
The Devils Punch Bowl has been an ideal spot for various movies, television shows, and attractions. The 2006 movie Silent Hill, directed by Christophe Gans, opens with a young girl trying to jump off a cliff into a dark world of "fire and metal." This cliff was the edge of the actual Devil’s Punch Bowl overlooking the waterfall and rock bottom below. Her mother then saves her from jumping and the director cuts to a clip of them beside the falls with the "Keeper of the Cross" image in the background of the scene. In the blockbuster film, The Big Hit (1998), scenes filmed in the area highlight the waterfall and the surrounding area. In 1989 Super Dave Osborne performed a yo-yo stunt at the Devil’s Punch Bowl that had his fans talking about for weeks.
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